What you need to know about setting up a bearded dragon habitat

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Do you plan on getting a new pet reptile? It may be tempting to have a new bearded dragon pet, but before you get one there are a few things that you should know about first. It is really important that you set up the right bearded dragon habitat, especially if it is your first time in owning a bearded dragon pet. This is because the health of your pet reptile will directly depend on the kind of habitat or terrarium that you keep them in. If you keep them in the wrong kind of habitat, then they may end up getting injured, or they could even die. To avoid any sort of problem with your bearded dragon, you may want to follow all of these tips when you are setting up a habitat for them. You should take into account all of the facts and tips that this article is going to teach you, and apply what you have learned when you are initially setting up a habitat for them.


The type of enclosure that you use for your bearded dragon habitat is going to count for a lot. Typically, most people would use glass as their primary enclosure material. Glass is a good option, mainly because it retains heat. You can also look through glass quite easily, so you would not have to lift up the lid of your enclosure to take a peek at your pet reptile. Glass is also really easy to clean off, if there is any dirt on there, you could just use a cloth and water to clean it off.

Using a wire enclosure for your habitat is not ideal. This is because bearded dragons can get injuries from bumping in the hard wire. Wire cages also do not retain heat so bearded dragons will get cold inside of it.

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Bearded dragons need a large space to roam in. Young bearded dragons can be kept in enclosures that are as small as 10 to fifteen gallons in size. However, if you are going to keep an adult bearded dragon, you had better get an enclosure that has got a size of upwards of 55 gallons. If you are going to choose an enclosure that is a bigger size, then you may want to get a bigger bearded dragon bedding as well. Alternatively, instead of just buying a single large bedding, you could always just buy two of the same bedding and line them up.


You will also need to have some kind of bearded dragon light setup. This is because bearded dragons need a source of light so that they can bask. You will need some kind of UV lamp so that your bearded dragons can get a source of natural sunlight. They need UV light because they are animals that regularly bask in the sun's light. You will need to get a lamp that can emit a certain spectrum of light, and that is the UVB spectrum. Be sure that the UV light that you are getting for your habitat can actually emit UV light in that spectrum.

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Heat source

When setting up your habitat, you need to have two sources of warmth. Incandescent lights can be your secondary source of warmth. You could also use a heating pad underneath the enclosure as your primary source of heat. The range of temperature that you keep your bearded dragons at, should b e around 70 to 80 F. Your bearded dragon light setup can also provide a bit of warmth as well. However, you will need an actual heating pad underneath the enclosure.


Choose the right kind of substrate if you want to keep your bearded dragons happy and healthy. The type of bearded dragon bedding that you use in your habitat should be based on your preferences.

Sand and similar materials – Sand and silica are an aesthetically pleasing substrate to choose. They look really natural, so your enclosure will look like a real habitat. But sand and silica substrate can present a challenge to clean.

Carpet – You could also use carpet as bedding for the enclosure. Just be sure to get an enclosure carpet that has a tight weave. Loose threads could end up snagging on the nails of your bearded dragon, which could injure them. 

Newspaper – One of the cheapest options available is rolls and bits of newspaper. However, they are not as easy to clean, and they do not look the best as well.

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You also need to add plants, rocks, platforms, and a water source for your bearded dragons in their habitat. So be sure to plan the inclusion of all of those elements if you want a nice habitat for your pet reptiles.

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Regular cleaning

Be sure to regularly clean your habitat or bearded dragon enclosure. If left dirty for a long period of time, their feces and shedding could cause them problems. Your bearded dragons could develop sores and even diseases if you do not clean their enclosure regularly.

Number of dragons

When you are setting up a bearded dragon habitat, you have also got to think about the number of dragons that you are going to keep inside of it. Choose a larger size of habitat if you are going to put more dragons inside of it. Bearded dragons can be territorial, so you may want to limit the number of dragons that you keep together. Typically, you may want to keep male bearded dragons housed in separate habitats. This is because they may end up fighting if you put them together.

 Hopefully, this article has taught you all that you need to know about setting up a bearded dragon habitat. If you really want to raise a healthy and happy pet bearded dragon, you should take what you have learned about setting up a habitat and apply it. These tips are really going to ensure that you will have no problem at all setting up an enclosure or habitat terrarium for your bearded dragon. You may also want to do further research and reading in order to get even a clearer picture of what you will need and what you need to do when you are caring for a bearded dragon.